Accession Number : ADA331783

Title :   The Use of Baselining in Acquisition Program Management,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Drezner, Jeffrey A. ; Krop, Richard A.

PDF Url : ADA331783

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : All major weapon system programs establish a program baseline early in the acquisition cycle which sets forth cost, schedule, and performance targets for the program. If the thresholds are exceeded, a review and assessment procedure is initiated in an attempt to understand why the threshold was "breached" and how the program can be brought back on track. Most programs experience events that require changes to their baselines at some point in their life-cycles. The baselining process can be a useful management tool for acquisition managers by providing metrics for measuring program status and a process for responding to deviations from the plan. The overall goal of the research reported here is to enhance the usefulness of the acquisition program baselining (APB) process as a management tool for acquisition decisionmakers. This report documents the results of both Phase 1 and Phase 2 research efforts. It should interest analysts and government officials concerned with the defense acquisition process.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *BASE LINES, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, WEAPON SYSTEMS, TARGETS, CYCLES, COSTS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Defense Systems
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE